Country Music Listeners Want Blake Shelton to Save Them from Study Hall, Think Reba McEntire Would be the Best Music Teacher, and Pick Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as Homecoming King and Queen

August 29, 2017

Cumulus Media today presents the second in a series of NASH Country Pulse Poll consumer surveys featuring fun facts for going “Back to School.” NASH, #1 for Country, leveraged its deep knowledge of the Country audience and its NASH Country Pulse Poll to reveal Country fans’ favorite lifestyle inspirations as they head back to the classroom.

Here are some key findings:

Hall Passes and Risky Business

  • With a boring study hall on their schedule, respondents would be looking to Blake Shelton to save them. Over half the respondents (57%) voted Blake Shelton as the class clown.
  • Sliding through in the living room in their socks, these participants (27%) felt like jamming out to Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” for their “Risky Business” moment.

The Crown

  • With 39% of the votes, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were chosen as the Homecoming King and Queen; with runner-ups Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood holding 23% of the votes.
  • After the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen, 30% of the respondents said they would want to slow dance to “When You Say Nothing At All,” by Allison Krause.

An Apple for the Teacher

  • Reba McEntire is a school favorite among the respondents, as one in four indicated the Country superstar would make the best music teacher.

Fashion Forward

  • 61% of respondents felt the most important item on their back to school shopping list is clothes.
  • For their Back-to-School style inspiration, the ladies turned to Miranda Lambert (39%) with Carrie Underwood in a close second at 34%. Meanwhile, Dierks Bentley was the clear choice among men, pulling in 47% of the male votes.

Food Fight!

  • The Dixie Chicks literally take the cake as the Country group to most likely make the first throw in a cafeteria food fight. 28% of the respondents voted for the girl group; Zac Brown Band followed right behind them with 25% of the votes.

Country radio listeners across the U.S. were polled using Katz Media’s national consumer panel. The full reveal of The NASH Country Pulse Poll series can be found online at NASH Country Daily, a leading Cumulus Media property, covering the music and lifestyles of country’s biggest stars.

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